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Pico/nano Tank - 20L (~5 Gallon)

Discussion in 'Nano Reefs' started by tunagirll, Mar 17, 2016.

  1. NickAu

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    Ok you got me interested, How do you go in summer? Do you need a water chiller? I live in Northern NSW  and it gets hot here. Like I said I would love something like that but need lots of info, I have a new 30 liter cube doing nothing, and I am not afraid of spending a few bucks.
     
    This is my Betta cube, I got all the Anubias at a LFS each plant was between $15 and $20 and the cube was $129 the heater was $50 and the filter $29. Im not saying this to boast rather showing that Im not afraid of parting with a few bucks because I enjoy nice tanks.
     
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    I have exactly the same question as NickAu. How do you keep your tank water cold enough in the summers? In my house the temp gets up to 80+ F, in the room it's in.
     
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    That's a beauty of a betta cube! I love it Nick [​IMG]
     
    I'm happy to share my saltwater noob learning anytime! It is really enjoyable and the challenge stepping up from fresh is a lot of fun.
     
    In hot weather, I use a surface fan that screws onto the side of the tank. I have it plugged into a timer that starts it around 8 or 9am and turns it off about 7pm. I leave the heater in the tank and on in case it gets too cold! I've seen it produce a good 10 degree difference from ambient, no problem. There is a switch on the fan and I just turn it off if the weather isn't going to be overly warm. I try to keep this tank at 24-26 degrees.
     
    For a small tank this works quite well. I just have to be cautious that I am not 'over cooling' my tank and of course I need to top it up much more religiously because of evaporation.
     
    Here is the fan I personally use:
    http://www.aquariumgalleryperth.com.au/collections/heaters-chillers/products/cooling-fan-2-fans-aus-plug
     
    This is my local LFS [​IMG]
     
  4. NickAu

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    Ok I have one of those for my Betta tank. Do you use fresh water for top ups? I use Ro water for top ups, Because while water evaporates the solids do not, I would think its the same with salt.
     
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    You're on the money - it's the same with salt. Because it's such a small tank, I buy 4 litre bottles of distilled at the shops. I mark a line on the side of the tank so I know how much to top up. I top up daily and a 4 litre bottle normally lasts a week or two.
     
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    Small update: I pulled the skimmer and cleaned it; the intake was clogged. I noticed the pump wasn't working either, and ultimately found it was unplugged! :O Lots of debris flying around the tank now!
     
    Now thing seem to be settling down :) I will be pulling the rock this weekend, removing and fragging the toadstool coral and having a crack at removing some of the algae. Hopefully the water is clean enough now that the algae will stop growing.
     
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    Another small update; chaotic week leading to no time to do work over the weekend! My new zoas closed up a bit, hopefully it's just something in the tank (chemical warfare) that has bothered them.
     
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    The colours are a little bit weird, but here it is as of 5 minutes ago - I still plan to empty the tank this weekend if I can and do some major works.
     
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    It looks great to me.
     
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    It's certainly on the mend! :D Just wait until it's in its full glory though!
     
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    It looks gorgeous! Good job fixing it back up. What sort of major work are you going to be doing?
     
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    Cut down the toadstool coral, give the sand bed another deep clean, secure some of the loose structures on the live rock with reef gum. Remove a couple of frags that haven't recovered. Fresh phosban! Remove as much green hair algae as I can, manually. Try to remove some of the green star polyp or at least reduce its taking over the live rock. 80% water change.
     
    I wouldn't normally do so much stuff, but this is what happens when the tank isn't maintained properly. All he had to do was a 50% change once a week!
     
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    Hope it settles for you.pain having to go in to tank so much.
     
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    Wow, a lot of work!
     
    Lets hope once you do these last few jobs that things will start to go back to what they should be to your satisfaction.
     

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